Thomas Love Peacock Quotes

Ancient sculpture is the true school of modesty. But where the Greeks had modesty, we have cant; where they had poetry, we have cant; where they had patriotism, we have cant; where they had anything that exalts, delights, or adorns humanity, we have nothing but cant, cant, cant.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Crotchet Castle, ch. 7 (1831).
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A book that furnishes no quotations is, me judice, no book—it is a plaything.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Dr. Folliot, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 9 (1831).
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Respectable means rich, and decent means poor. I should die if I heard my family called decent.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Lady Clarinda, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 3 (1831).
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Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horsepond.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Melincourt, ch. 7 (1817).
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The waste of plenty is the resource of scarcity.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Melincourt, ch. 24 (1817).
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I never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they could do was to go away.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Mr. Skionar, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 18 (1831).
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In a bowl to sea went wise men three, On a brilliant night of June: They carried a net, and their hearts were set On fishing up the moon.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British poet. Nightmare Abbey (l. 1-3). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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The rich man goes out yachting, Where sanctity can't pursue him; The poor goes afloat In a fourpenny boat, Where the bishop groans to view him.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British poet. Rich and Poor; or, Saint and Sinner (l. 36-40). . . Oxford Book of Satirical Verse, The. Geoffrey Grigson, comp. (1980) Oxford University Press.
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